Australian game developer Aristocrat has released an online version of 50 Dragons that is an exact replica of the original, land-based casino slot of the same name.
This Chinese dragon-themed slot is less dated than some of the other titles in the Aristocrat catalog, and it offers several features that increase your chances of big wins. Fans of playing 50 Dragons at land-based casinos are sure to appreciate this authentic conversion of the original game.
|Number of paylines:||50|
|Game theme:||Dragons, Chinese|
|Min/Max bet:||$0.01 / $50.00 in free play mode|
|Coin denominations:||$0.01 – $0.10|
|Maximum standard win:||$1,000 in free play mode|
Theme and visuals
The name 50 Dragons refers to the possibility of hitting golden dragon symbols on all 50 lines in the game. Stacked dragon symbols can completely fill the game’s five reels and four rows (5×4 configuration). Stacked wild symbols in the free spins bonus game can combine with stacked dragon symbols to increase your chances of hitting all 50.
Golden dragons are the only stacked regular symbol on the reels. Dragons are also the highest paying symbol. Five golden dragons pay 1,000 coins on a one-credit bet, or 10,000 coins on a ten-credit bet. Those numbers can add up fast. When we played the game for this review, we hit one spin that was heavy on the golden dragon symbols and scored 75,000 credits (playing the maximum bet of 500 credits).
Golden dragons are accompanied by other valuable symbols, like golden tigers, golden roosters, and golden koi. Pearl symbols are wild, and golden ingot symbols trigger the free spins bonus game, which also awards extra wilds on the reels. Playing card symbols (nines through aces) are the lowest value symbols.
Aristocrat perfectly replicated the 50 Dragons land-based casino game in this online version, emulating the same design, sounds, and features as the original. They did not add any upgrades or modifications for online players.
A deep-red Chinese landscape provides the backdrop for the red reels, which are adorned with the same symbols found in the casino slot. The game console stays the same throughout the game, and free spins bonus rounds are played on the same reels.
The authentic sound effects are retro casino slot sounds punctuated by dragons growling when a golden dragon combo hits. Background music is conspicuously absent from this game, even during the free spins bonus rounds.
Betting options and paying combinations
You can play up to 50 lines and up to ten credits per line in the free play version of this game. Payline options include one, ten, 20, 35, and 50 lines with six bet levels (one, two, three, four, five, and ten credits per line).
Coin value options in free play mode are $0.01, $0.02, $0.05, and $0.10. Possible bets range from one credit (one line x one credit = one credit) up to the maximum bet of 500 credits (50 lines x ten credits = 500 credits).
The in-game paytable does not automatically update to reflect your current stake. Instead, the payout values in the static paytable are for one-credit line bets only. If you want to calculate the payout for a winning combination at a higher bet level, multiply the paytable value by the number of credits per line you are playing.
For example, the golden lion symbol pays 500 coins for a five-of-a-kind combination. If you’re playing ten credits per line, that combination will pay out 5,000 credits, or $50.00 at the lowest coin value of one penny (500 coins x ten credits x $0.01 = $50.00).
The autostart button triggers the reels to spin automatically, and they don’t stop spinning until you click the autostart button again. It’s easy to let the reels spin longer with this function than you might otherwise. The auto-spins also transition between spins faster than we would like, making it hard to see the payouts.
The return-to-player (RTP) percentage is 94.71%, which is slightly below average compared to other Aristocrat games.
What jackpots are available?
The original, land-based 50 Dragons does not offer any jackpot options. Unfortunately, Aristocrat did not add jackpot options for online players, either.
Additional features and bonuses
Confined primarily to a free spins bonus game, the bonus features in 50 Dragons are limited compared to those of newer, more feature-rich online slots.
1. Stacked symbols
Dragon symbols are stacked symbols, and you can land as few as one on a reel, or as many as four to cover the entire reel. Stacked dragon symbols are on all five reels, so they can land on adjacent reels to create multiple winning dragon combinations.
Wild symbols in the free spins bonus game can also become stacked, as new extra wild symbols are added to the reels. The combination of stacked dragon symbols and stacked wild symbols on the free spins reels create the potential for some big wins.
2. Wild symbols
White pearl symbols are wild in the base game and in the free spins games. During the free spins bonus games, one extra wild pearl symbol is added to the reels on every free spin, and extra wilds remain on the reels until the free spins are over. The addition of the extra wilds helps to create the possibility of stacked wild symbols.
3. Scatter symbols
Scatter symbols (golden ingot symbols) can trigger the free games feature, which awards free spins with extra wilds. At least three scatter symbols must land on adjacent reels (reels one, two, and three) instead of scattered anywhere. Scatter symbols can also retrigger the free games feature.
4. Free games feature (free spins bonus game)
The free games feature awards you ten free spins. On each free spin, one extra wild pearl symbol is added to the reels for the remaining free spins. The free games feature can be retriggered once per bonus game, and the retrigger awards five free spins only.
5. Gamble feature
You can choose to collect or gamble any win. Guess the color of a face-down playing card correctly to double your win, or guess the card suit correctly to quadruple your win. Collect your total win any time or keep gambling up to five rounds. If you lose, you lose the entire win amount you gambled, and the gamble feature ends.
Who is this game ideal for?
This game is ideal for fans of the land-based 50 Dragons casino slot, Asian-inspired slots, and dragon themes. The online version of the game has been perfectly converted from the original game, complete with penny bets, making it perfect for low-budget and penny-slots players.
The game is also easy to play and does not include any complicated bonus features, making it a good choice for beginner players.
Similar games from Aristocrat
Choy Sun Doa and 50 Dragons are both from Aristocrat and boast similar Chinese themes and symbols, including golden dragons as the highest paying symbols on the reels.
However, the Choy Sun Doa reels use Aristocrat’s “reel power” concept with “ways to win” instead of individual paylines. Choy Sun Doa also features a choice of five different free spins bonus games with different multiplier options.
Other Aristocrat games, including Double Happiness, Lucky 88, and 5 Dragons, also feature Chinese themes.
Alternatively, Aristocrat’s 50 Lions game structure, paytable, and bonus features are essentially the same as those in 50 Dragons.
The games are virtually identical, except for the theme, symbols, and design details. An African savannah theme is featured in 50 Lions, with stacked lion symbols as the most valuable symbol on the reels (compared to the stacked golden dragon symbols in 50 Dragons). The visuals in 50 Dragons also look sharper and more current than the dated aesthetic of 50 Lions.
Free spins bonus game: The main bonus feature in this game awards free spins with extra free wilds on the reels.
Stacked symbols – Stacked dragon symbols and stacked wild symbols in the free spins game can help you score some big winning combinations.
Bet options: You can choose to play up to 50 lines and six different bet levels.
Authentic casino slot: This online version of 50 Dragons is the same as the original, land-based slot, making it a perfect choice for fans of the casino game.
Penny bets: It is perfect for low-budget, penny-slots players.
Simple to play: The simple game options and features are perfect for beginners.
No multipliers: Multipliers are relatively common in other Aristocrat slots; however, there are no multipliers in this game, which detracts from the already limited feature selection.
No jackpots: There are no options if you are looking for jackpot-sized hits.
Limited bonus features: There are very few bonus features compared to newer online slots.
Scatter symbols: Scatter symbols can’t truly be scattered in this game because they must be on adjacent rows to trigger the bonus feature.
- Graphics and design – 2.75/5: We’d give 50 Dragons a lower rating if it had been exclusively developed for online slots players because it can’t compare to the advanced graphics and slick design seen in newer games. Given the online version of 50 Dragons uses the exact same design and graphics as the original, popular casino slot, we’ve upped our rating to above average. The graphics are true to the original and are more crisp and vibrant than those of similar Aristocrat games, like 50 Lions, that look considerably more dated.
- Sound effects – 2.5/5: Like the graphics, the sound effects in the online version of 50 Dragons are the same as the original casino slot. The sounds are pretty basic, but they are authentic. Background music is missing from the free spins game, unlike other retro Aristocrat slots, but the music in their other games is dated enough that we’re not missing it. Overall, that lands our overage rating in middle of the field.
- Jackpot value – 0/5: There are no jackpot options in this game.
- Replay value – 2.75/5: We’re rating the replay value as slightly above average due to the game’s above-average graphics and performance compared to other titles in the Aristocrat slot catalog. The 50 Dragons slot is not particularly compelling as a stand-alone game, and the graphics and features are dated. However, fans of the original 50 Dragons casino game, or other similar Aristocrat slots, could become appreciative repeat players. Big wins from stacked dragon symbols and stacked wilds may be enticing enough for you to come back for more as well.